Writer Tracey Bianchi observes, "Ours is a culture that believes if you work hard you will be rewarded. We participate in a system built upon incentives, praises, and bonuses." As a result, it's easy for us to develop a sense of entitlement that we carry into our spiritual lives. We operate under the unspoken assumption that our hard work for God's kingdom will always lead to spiritual and ministry success.
How do we keep our attitude of entitlement from damaging our relationship with God and our commitment to ministry? And how do we cope - and lead -when the rewards we feel we deserve are few or nonexistent?
Table of Contents
SCRIPTURE: Judges 11:29-40; Matthew 20:1-16; 1 Corinthians 3:5-11; Hebrews 11:35-40
• Identify the Current Issue
• Discover the Eternal Principles
-Teaching point one: God uses our service, yet he is ultimately responsible for its results.
-Teaching point two: God's economy operates differently than our human economies.
-Teaching point three: Faithfulness to God does not always result in the earthly rewards we feel we deserve.
-Teaching point four: Support from the community can help us when we are faithful but face disappointing results.
• Apply Your Findings
• Recommended Resources
ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY
• "What We Deserve" by Tracey Bianchi
(GiftedforLeadership.com, February 5, 2008)
Total number of pages - 10